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Teacher Tips and Answers

Punctuating Quotations

horse giving a talk

Use quotation marks around the exact words of a speaker.

Stanley said, "Can you believe it? I'm a talking horse!"

Introduce a quotation with a word like "said" or "asked" followed by a comma.

I replied, "I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't heard it."

After the words of the speaker, place end punctuation (or a comma) inside the closing quotation mark.

"I've been talking my whole life," Stanley explained. "Horses have a lot to talk about."

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